Scores of people from the Indian community participated in a cleanliness initiative yesterday. Organized by the Embassy of India, the campaign ‘Swachhata Hi Seva: Say no to single-use plastic’ was a unique way of commemorating Gandhi Jayanti which is celebrated every year on the 2nd of October.

People gathered in a bid to rid Karbabad beach of plastic waste in an effort to promote the concept of cleanliness and environmental protection to the younger generation. The campaign witnessed the presence of Indian Ambassador H E Alok Kumar Sinha, Second Secretary Renu Yadav and P K Chowdhury.

“Swachh Bharat harps the message of a plastic-free India, and for us, Bahrain as well. So today, this campaign is a small contribution from the Indian Embassy to spread awareness amongst the people about the importance of cleanliness” said Indian Embassy Second Secretary P K Chowdhury.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’, a cleanliness initiative building up to Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 with a call to action ‘Say No To Plastic’ and ‘Make India Single-Use-Plastic Free’.

“Today as part of the beach clean-up initiative, a lot of community members, individuals and school children have come to participate. The Indian community relief fund (ICRF) is also part of it as we hope to spread the message of ‘Swachh Bharat’, where we say no to single-use plastic. The community is doing this program under the umbrella of the Embassy where we try to make the world a greener place. We thank everyone for their support” said ICRF Chairman Aruldas Thomas.

“Cleaning the beach has been a great experience for us. We are looking forward to more opportunities like these and we are grateful to the Indian Embassy for organizing such an initiative” said a student volunteer from the Ibn-Al-Hytham Islamic School.